Apr 21, 2004 - 1:39 pm
Hi, I was told my dad has non small cell lung cancer about 3 weeks ago and he is ready to do radiation on Monday. So, my question is, should we also do chemo? It's like the doctors are leaving it up to us and my dad. TheY can't operate because of it's location next to the aorta. He is pretty? healthy. He had a PET SCAN and the lung cancer is still localized. When he was 79 years old, he acted 59 years old, he worked, golfed, drove etc, then 2 years ago he had a stroke and now he is paralyzed on his right side and walks slowly with a cane. Still pretty sharp minded, but more confused than before. But he's my DAD!!!! And I love him so so much and I have admired him so so much. So my mom and brother want to have radiation only, so he doesn't suffer, but I am having a difficult time not giving him chemo to save his LIFE! But I would also feel guilty if something happened if he did chemo also. I read on this web site there's a lab that checks to see if a certain chemo drug can help with a biopsy of the tumor first? I can tell my Dad wants to LIVE, but he is also confused. Can someone tell me if they have a dad that's in his 80yrs with lung cancer and had radiation AND CHEMO or just radiation. HELP! I am reading that there's drugs to help with the side effects and I am also reading some people are miserable. I am reading some people are recovering with radiation and chemo and some are not. If anybody reads this, please tell me what you think I should do to help my DAD. I know he wants to live, but how much would he suffer if he did radiation AND chemo?? How much??? Also he has been a very optimistic person all his life, and I can see he is trying to be strong in front of us, but for the first time in my life I see a sad person... MY Dad. Please tell me your stories with radiation and chemo, to help me figure out what's best for my dad, who I love SO MUCH!!